Food-ventures: Kenji Tei Ramen House is not your usual ramen house - The Multi-Hobbyist

Food-ventures: Kenji Tei Ramen House is not your usual ramen house

Food-ventures: Kenji Tei Ramen House, Greenbelt 5 Makati City
Food-ventures: Kenji Tei Ramen House, Greenbelt 5 Makati City

We've been wanting to go to Japan and South Korea (or any country actually lol) for the longest time, but unfortunately, time and budget permits because we're adulting: work, investments, and whatnot. And while we can if we really wanted to, we chose not to because of our priorities. So for now, we'd rather go to ramen houses to experience some semblance of what it's like in those countries. 

We came across Kenji Tei Ramen House in their Makati branch at Greenbelt 5 because of a balikbayan friend who wanted to have ramen for dinner as it was a rainy night.

Kenji Tei Ramen House ramen menu
Kenji Tei Ramen House ramen menu (source: Zomato)

Judging from their menu, we thought Kenji Tei Ramen House is serving the usual ramen since that's what we were expecting...but nope. They offer traditional ramen (with miso and chashu pork) but with a twist. It's ideal for people who love ramen but wants something new.

Spicy Negi Ramen | Kenji Tei Ramen House
Spicy Negi Ramen | Kenji Tei Ramen House

I ordered the Spicy Negi, which has a rich miso broth as a soup, with leeks, and chashu pork. I love how spicy it is. It's delicious, however, I wanted my ramen to have more ingredients in it...

Spicy Negi Ramen | Kenji Tei Ramen House
Spicy Negi Ramen | Kenji Tei Ramen House

The husband, on the other hand, ordered Shoyu, which has soy, nori, chashu pork, spinach, and leeks. He was surprised because it did not taste like his usual ramen. In his words, Shoyu ramen tasted like tinola — but in a good way. I tried it too, because I was curious about the way he described his ramen, and he was right. Spot on. Tinola, it is.

Spicy Salmon | Kenji Tei Ramen House
Spicy Salmon | Kenji Tei Ramen House

We also ordered Spicy Salmon—a mix of fresh salmon, mayo, tempura flakes, and chili oil. 

Spicy Salmon | Kenji Tei Ramen House
Spicy Salmon | Kenji Tei Ramen House

Be warned, I love spicy food but I ended up coughing after my first bite. Definitely did not expect that spiciness, or perhaps I just underestimated it? 😅

California Roll | Kenji Tei Ramen House
California Roll | Kenji Tei Ramen House

And of course, our Japanese meal isn't complete without California Rolls! I loved this the most. The thing with California Makis is that sometimes the mangoes used are sour more than sweet. But this one got it right.

Our Kenji Tei Ramen House experience is a mix of hits and misses. Honestly, we really thought this was your usual ramen house. It's not. It's the place for Filipino-Japanese fusion ramen. We love sticking to the classics when it comes to ramen but hey, we're also for trying out new dishes and even flavors, so not bad!

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